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Special Committee on Clergy Sexual Abuse

In the last year, the U.S.-based provinces of the Society of Jesus released names of Jesuits against whom there are credible allegations of sexual abuse committed against minors.

It is incumbent on institutions affected by the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church to acknowledge the profound harm inflicted on survivors and ensure policies and procedures are implemented to prevent future harm.

To that end, Fordham’s Board of Trustees has created an independent Special Committee of lay trustees – excluding Jesuit members of the Board and the Fordham University Administration – to review and investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against clergy or other individuals employed by or associated with the University at any time or Fordham Preparatory School prior to 1970, when Fordham Prep was separated from the University. The Special Committee is also overseeing the management of claims concerning such abuse and considering any appropriate preventative and remedial measures to address allegations of such abuse.

Reporting Abuse

If you are a survivor or a witness to abuse at Fordham, please contact counsel to the independent Special Committee, David N. Kelley, at 212-698-3580 or david.kelley@dechert.com,or Kareem Peat, Fordham’s Title IX Coordinator, at 718-817-3112 or titleix@fordham.edu. We also encourage survivors or witnesses to report abuse to the Jesuits USA Northeast Province, at uneadvocacy@jesuits.org, or to local law enforcement.

Getting Support

Support services and confidential counseling are available at the University through Counseling and Psychological Services and Campus Ministry.

Contact Us

Additional questions? Please contact David N. Kelley at david.kelley@dechert.com.